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Apr 24 JonCracolici commented on The Morning News: Cliff Mass Says GOP Not Anti-Science, Seattle is the 9th-Most Expensive City in the World.
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So that article includes defense research as science funding, and says that Democratic presidents increase funding for things such as energy research, Nasa, etc... while Republicans decrease those programs but increase defense research by so much that the total dollar value is greater. The top of the 9th page doesn't seem to agree with your assertion about the findings.
Dec 22, 2016 JonCracolici commented on What Do We Do With Youth Who Attempt To Kill?.
@16 it sounds like youre looking for court data, and answers from the judges, not the jailers. The jailers don't get to determine if people have to stay with them, or the reasons why (brown, white, or otherwise). Not building a jail doesn't prevent people from being sentenced.

Also, if you are interested in their math, Id try to get a hold of those emails/docs. You should be able to request them.
Dec 20, 2016 JonCracolici commented on Fact Check: How Many Kids Are Being Held at the Juvenile Detention Center?.
so apologies for not doing the math yet, but the average daily population is not the number you would need to size the facility. The fact that the average is ~60 indicates that the population on any given day could be greater than 60. Id want to see the 97.5% non-exceedance number, or something similar.
Nov 10, 2016 JonCracolici commented on America Has Been Marinating in White Supremacy for Hundreds of Years.
@5 I don't think that's it 100%, but I worry we are going down that path. After the crash, the far left was extremely focused on the financial markets, big business, the plight of labor, etc. Then the cities recovered, and we have now moved into focusing on SJ issues, and using language to describe them that basically require coursework to understand. We dropped the ball for the places that never recovered outside the big cities. Then we talked about issues they don't relate to in language that is hard to parse and easy to misinterpret.
Nov 9, 2016 JonCracolici commented on This Week on the Blabbermouth Podcast: What Do We Do Now?.
@4 That's a good look. And I agree, poor people aren't going to be open to hearing that they are privileged when it is coming from people who use words like internecine.
@6 old habits die hard. We lefties get in way to many "who is the leftest today?" contests.

IMHO I think we dems just straight up dropped the ball on nailing the bankers. The Rs were never going to do it. But those bankers ruined a lot of peoples lives, and the Ds seemed like they might do something about it. Occupy, etc. Then the cities recovered and we started talking about other things. Lots of places never recovered. They aren't over it.
Nov 8, 2016 JonCracolici commented on The State of American Democracy In the Form of a Two-Minute Chase Scene with Lizards.
just have to chime in:

"cold as the law, awkward as a broken toy"

is the best line I've read in a while. Its rare to hear a good fresh metaphor.
Thanks for that.
Oct 10, 2016 JonCracolici commented on A Black Woman Gets A Warm Welcome from Racist Seattle.
If only our society had some institution where people could go interview the people involved in a situation, and then report their findings to us in an impartial and balanced way. We could call it a newspaper. Maybe that would shed some light of whether this is policy or racism. Id love that.
Sep 25, 2016 JonCracolici commented on Guest Editorial: Voting Yes On Prop 1 Is the Only Way to Get Light Rail Faster.
@dp.

None of that stuff in the bottom half of your essay is correct. You don't bother to actually try to make this stuff happen, so you don't understand the politics. It is a take it or leave it proposal. Voting no will not result in the changes you are looking for. I don't care which way you personally vote, but don't imagine that you are voting no in order to further some goal.
Sep 23, 2016 JonCracolici commented on Guest Editorial: Voting Yes On Prop 1 Is the Only Way to Get Light Rail Faster.
Ross, I'm not arguing with you, cause youre not open to being convinced. I just think youre on the wrong side of this, and you should look at the company you're keeping when you call yourself a transit supporter. I'm not saying that people should vote for it cause Kemper Freeman doesn't want you to. I'm saying that you should look at your political self image and see if it aligning with your public statements.
I'm pretty sure DP didn't go to board meetings, since I almost always went and I never heard anyone say things that he thinks. I was at one with Mike Orr once and he said this to me "No one here has mentioned the WSTT." It was true. That's why this stuff doesn't get serious traction - no constituency shows up to support it.

DP - you have a lot of valid criticisms about routing and nuts and bolts issues. But that stuff isn't going to get fixed by voting no, and there is only something to work on if we vote yes. And the reason its better to build the seattle subway than pay for the maintence backlog of other places.... well we are in Seattle. This is an attempt to address our needs, not finding the maximum utility possible for the money. That would be probably sending it to the third world or something.
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Sep 23, 2016 JonCracolici commented on Guest Editorial: Voting Yes On Prop 1 Is the Only Way to Get Light Rail Faster.
@32, Well the only budget that counts is the contracted budget, which they have been doing great at beating. The other "budgets" are just estimates of a budget.

I'm getting the number as the average yearly adult tax burden which was calculated to be 169 $/yr. A Seattle Times subscription can be way more than that. This isn't crazy money we are talking about.

@dp. We can make that positive argument, and have successfully done so. I'm just not doing it here because the people here, other than you, seem to already be convinced that a subway system, in a vacuum, is a good thing. Its not confusing that you got banned from STB, given how aggressive you are to attack anyone willing to compromise to actually get things done. Ive never seen you at board meetings, where you could have made your views known to the people making decisions. Your ideas have merit, but they aren't going to happen because they aren't getting any traction - and you aren't helping them get traction.